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MEC, allies applaud federal electric vehicle agenda

Michigan Environmental Council joined the Ecology Center and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters in applauding President Barack Obama’s January call for Americans to make the nation the world’s first to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. The groups supported his call to shift money from oil company subsidies into incentives for electric vehicle purchases and infrastructure investments.

“The President in his State of the Union address nailed it when he said it is time to stop subsidizing yesterday’s energy, and to start investing in tomorrow’s,” said Charles Griffith of the Ecology Center in a joint press release issued in late January. “In Michigan, tomorrow is here. With the Chevy Volt and the new electric Ford Focus, we can lead the nation to meeting the one-million vehicle challenge, and continue to be part of the exciting future of the domestic auto industry.”

The electric Chevy Volt recently hit the streets to rave reviews and was the star of the North American International Auto Show. Both the car and the advanced battery it runs on are manufactured in Michigan. The electric Ford Focus, unveiled at the same auto show, will also be built in Michigan.

“Putting the electric vehicle in the national spotlight is a huge opportunity for Michigan,” said Ryan Werder of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. “Michigan needs to step up to the plate and make sure we take advantage of that opportunity, including ramping up infrastructure investments like charging stations for electric vehicles.”

The President’s budget should include funds directed to select communities with the intent of ratcheting up infrastructure like the charging stations, which will help to support electric vehicle use and purchase.

“We want Michigan to be the top of the list for these infrastructure investments,” said David Gard of Michigan Environmental Council. “The electric car, and the industries it supports, is vital to Michigan’s economic recovery.”
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